The Kiss Of Life by Rocco Morabito, 1968 Pulitzer Prize. The linemen. Randall Champion, is dangling upside down in his safety belt — felled bv 4,160 volts of electricity. J.D. was breathing into Champion.” Cradling the stricken lineman in his arms, Thompson rhythmically pushes air into Champion’s lungs. Thompson finally shouts down: “He’s breathing.” Champion survives.
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Rocco Morabito won the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for Spot Photography for this photograph – “The Kiss of Life.” Apprentice lineman J.D. Thompson is breathing life into the mouth of another apprentice lineman, Randall G. Champion, who hangs unconscious after receiving a jolt of high voltage. Morabito was driving on West 26th Street in July 1967 on another assignment when he saw Champion dangling from the pole. He called an ambulance and grabbed his camera. Champion recovered.